"Creativity is the power of act" quoted by Ai Weiwei.
Watermelon is an exceptional Ai Weiwei realist sculpture of a natural object. Produced during his intensive residency in Jingdezen, the center of Chinese ceramic production, Weiwei studied with local craftsman who were proficient in the medium. Weiwei’s body of work that followed, which included the Sunflower Seeds installation at Tate Modern, Watermelon and other ceramic works, are rendered in the Chinese tradition of mimicking organic forms. As with all Weiwei works, Watermelon focuses on the historical and cultural significance of materials and subjects. Crafting the ordinary watermelon fruit in porcelain, China’s highest and most revered art form, challenges the reverence for the medium. The perfectly realistic object also challenges the issue of product authenticity in China.
Ai Weiwei was born in 1957. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. Ai grew up in the far north-west of China, where he lived under harsh conditions due to his fathers exile. As an activist, he has been openly critical of the Chinese Government's stance on democracy and human rights